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Research impact

Open University research is designed to be open and to influence policy and practice and change lives for the better. We maximise our impact through major collaborations with external organisations ranging from public bodies to third sector to business, benefiting the economy, society and cultural life.

Boosting engagement with science

New Open University educational technologies are making it possible for more young people and adults  to engage in scientific activities. This supports the Government’s drive to increase the numbers studying science at school and university.


Research impact reports

The Open University aims for all research to have a distinct and material impact across the economy, society and cultural life. This is fundamental to the OU's mission to be "open to people, places, methods and ideas".


Effect of Brexit on Northern Ireland

Dr Leslie Budd considers the impact of Brexit on the economy of Northern Ireland.

Engaging with OU research

Our commitment to public engagement and knowledge exchange ensures our research has relevance to business and organisations.